A company that makes car seats, strollers and other baby carriers is moving about a mile across the border into South Carolina.
BRITAX Child Safety Inc., announced Thursday that it will build a new headquarters and distribution center in northern York County. The company has based its American operations in Charlotte for the past 16 years.
BRITAX currently has its headquarters operations and raw materials warehouse, finished goods warehouse, and an overflow distribution center at three separate locations in Mecklenburg County. Vice President and General Counsel Ken Whittenauer said the company will combine those facilities into a huge new 500,000 square foot building on Pleasant Road near Carowinds Boulevard.
“We looked at sites within a five-mile radius of our current location so that we could take advantage of the Charlotte region, but not inconvenience our employees,” Whittenauer told South Carolina Radio Network, “No one has to relocate.”
The move comes as the company reports increased demand for its products. “We’ve outgrown our current facilities,” BRITAX president Jon Chamberlain said in a statement, “It’s been clear for some time that we need more space to accommodate our increased size and lay the foundation for our future.”
BRITAX officials say they will bring roughly 200 jobs with them to the new site and hope to add 40 more in the next few years. The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved the company for job development credits, which will be available once its hiring targets are met.
“We’re just excited to be able to experience the growth that we’ve had,” Whittenauer said.
The company hopes to have the new building open by June 2013.
BRITAX is a British company that formed in 1939. It makes higher-end premium baby carriers and strollers. It has operated its North American headquarters out of the Charlotte region since 1996.